The World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) is looking for governments to desert the idea of ‘high-risk international locations’ and as a substitute concentrate on how particular person ‘high-risk travellers’ are handled at borders.
The physique is urging governments world wide to shift their focus from entire international locations, in the direction of particular person travellers.
As an alternative, WTTC says governments world wide ought to redefine their entire strategy to threat evaluation, to revive worldwide enterprise and leisure journey.
Mixed with a standard worldwide consensus on the metrics used to evaluate threat and a laser-like concentrate on a cheap, complete, and fast departure and arrival testing scheme for all travellers, might pave the way in which ahead for the significant return of journey.
It might additionally guarantee solely these affected are compelled to isolate, whereas travellers who take a look at detrimental can proceed to take pleasure in protected travels by means of observing hygiene protocols and masks carrying.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief government, stated: “Threat primarily based on complete international locations is neither efficient nor productive. Redefining threat in the direction of particular person travellers as a substitute might be key for unlocking the door to the return of protected worldwide journey.
“We have to be taught from previous experiences and crises resembling 9/11.
“We can’t proceed labelling complete international locations as ‘high-risk’ which assumes everyone seems to be contaminated.
“Whereas the UK is at the moment seeing excessive ranges of infections, clearly not all Britons are contaminated; the identical goes for all People, Spaniards or the French.
“The truth is far more complicated.
“Not solely does it stigmatise a complete nation, nevertheless it additionally halts journey and mobility when many individuals who take a look at detrimental on departure and arrival might safely journey with out exporting the virus.
“Now we have to recognise this actuality and redefine the danger to concentrate on ‘high-risk’ people.
“We firmly consider implementing a complete testing regime and using expertise is the one sensible strategy to restore worldwide journey securely.
“Moreover, a complete testing programme might be cheaper than the financial price introduced on by blanket quarantines and lockdowns.”
She added: “This refocus would keep away from exporting the virus and allow the free motion of travellers, whereas nonetheless observing enhanced hygiene protocols resembling masks carrying and social distancing.
“We should be taught to reside with the virus, as it would take time for the worldwide inhabitants to be vaccinated.
“That is why WTTC has lengthy advocated introducing a complete and cost-effective take a look at on departure and arrival for all worldwide travellers, as a means of stopping these carrying the virus from spreading it.”